Kaja Irwin, Sabrina Comanescu, Natasha Korney of Decidely Jazz Danceworks in Calgary. Vibecke Dahle, courtesy Dance on Camera Festival

Even dancers who love their isolations and hip rolls might be totally unaware of where jazz dance comes from.

Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance, which premieres at the Dance on Camera Festival on Sunday, July 19, aims to change that. Directed by Khadifa Wong and produced by Lisa Donmall-Reeve, the feature-length documentary is a fascinating deep dive into the complex history and evolution of jazz dance. It features mesmerizing footage and boasts interviews from renowned experts like Chita Rivera, Debbie Allen and Andy Blankenbuehler.

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Moving Southwark. Photo courtesy of Dance Camera West

The 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival takes place April 20–23 at UCLA. Presented by Dance Camera West, the festival kicks off with a showing of international short films and concludes with Family Film Day, animated films and an art installation. Film submissions cover a variety of dance styles, including modern, tap, ballet, hip hop, theater and world dance. The event is free and open to the public

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